International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme

What is the IB Programme?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year educational Programme primarily aimed at 15 to 18 year olds. The Programme provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is recognized by colleges and universities worldwide.

In the OCDSB, students engage in the OCDSB’s pre-IBDP during grades 9 and 10 to prepare them for the challenge of the two year Programme in grades 11 and 12. Upon successful completion, a student is expected to attain both the IB Diploma and the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Please visit for more general information on the Programme.

Where is the IB Programme offered?

The IB Programme has been offered at Colonel By Secondary School, since 1997, located in the east end of Ottawa and Merivale High School located in the west end of the city. 

The OCDSB selected Merivale High School as a second site in 2019, and upon final certification by the IBO, the Merivale High School IB Programme commenced in September 2019 and was phased in beginning at grade 9 only, and will be adding one grade per year, until full implementation in September 2022.

Is your child interested in the IB Programme?

To learn more about the IB Programme please attend one of our upcoming information sessions being offered at the following locations. Please register to attend:

Key Dates:

1) Information Sessions: 7:00 p.m. (doors will open at 6:30 p.m.)

Colonel By SS – Thursday, November 21, 2019 OR Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Merivale HS – Wednesday, November 20, 
2019 OR Wednesday, November 27, 2019

2) Application deadline: December 9-12, 2019
Applications are delivered to the RECEIVING school (Colonel By SS or Merivale HS).                

3) Canadian Achievement Test (CAT4) test sessions: Families choose ONE date for the student applicant to attend and register for the date. Space is limited for each date. Registration will open Dec. 2, 2019. 

East Location: Colonel By Secondary School, Saturday, January 11, 2020.    
West Location:
 Merivale High School, Saturday, January 18, 2020.

4) Offers of Admission: March, 2020

Visit one of the School Websites (see below) to review the following material to learn more:

  • Registration Form for the Programme Information Evening

  • 2020-2021 Application Process information.

  • Checklist/Teacher Commentary Form

  • Application Form for IB Programme

  • Application for CAT4 Test (Canadian Achievement Test)

  • IB Transfer Student Application Form (to Colonel By SS only)

To be eligible, transfer applicants must be current students in an IB World School Programme in grade 9, 10 or 11.

Printed applications must be submitted by the applicant or Parent/Guardian to the designated school during our business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) by the due date, for consideration.

Only ONE application is to be submitted per candidate student. 

Please click on the Boundary Map, to determine which school will serve the student based on primary residence.

Please click on the applicable School button below, to learn more about school-specific details.

Colonel By
 Merivale IB IB Boundary 

We look forward to a successful high school experience with your student.

IB School Locator

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